Google Answers: The End of Google Co-Op? Nov 30, 2006
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I have looked for it and there is a copy in:
web 2.0, blogs and social media
November 30th, 2006 by
It does show that a free-for-all, give-and-take knowledge source is very addictive and, presumably, helpful enough. Involving people like Stephen Hawking and Oprah Winfrey bought Yahoo! a vital share of attention Google never bothered with. Also, as Brady Forrest points out, Yahoo!’s model could scale organically, while Google’s required the recruitment and vetting of answerers, a time-consuming and distracting business.
Is this victory analagous to what will happen in the battle between the Wikipedia and the Britannica? It seems very similar on face value. Not entirely, though, since their business models are different: Wikipedia survives on charitable donations and drubbing the opposition when it comes to traffic is not nearly as helpful as it has been to Yahoo!
[I interviewed Steven Taylor, RVP of Yahoo! UK here, back in August and he talked a little about the Answers service]
Of course, I went ahead and published the Web 3.0 angle!http://evolvingtrends.wordpress.com/2006/11/30/google–answers-the-end-of-google–co-op/
LOL. Of course. I wouldn’t expect anything less. – Hey you aren’t ’stuck at the hilton’ or ‘travelling mexico’ anymore. Does that mean you’re finally home?
sorry to hear google answers closing down. I personally liked it very much. enough for the bad news. now the good news:http://www.wuyaSea.com welcomes all google answer refugees.
WuyaSea.com allow you to ask question for free or for a fee (minimum $2). any category, any topic.
WuyaSea.com also allow you to answer any questions, our commission now is 20% + $0.20.
Interesting. How much do you pay the answer providers and how do you vet them?